For more information on Support Persons see this e News article and poster.Without Notice applications Fairness requires that both parties have a chance to be heard, so it is unusual for a judge to grant an order without having heard both sides.
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However, only a judge appointed by the federal government can make orders about divorce and division of a family’s property, so the Supreme Court of BC has “exclusive jurisdiction” in those matters.
All child protection matters under the Child, Family and Community Service Act are dealt with in the Provincial Court, although protective intervention orders and restraining orders can also be obtained in the Supreme Court.
One of the best ways to avoid making mistakes in your divorce or separation is to speak to a family lawyer, Contact John Schuman using the form below.
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Support Person If you do not have a lawyer, you may find it helpful to bring a trusted friend or family member with you to provide emotional support, take notes, and organize documents during a family court hearing or trial.
The Provincial Court has adopted Support Person Guidelines that explain when you are permitted to have a support person help you, and what they can do.